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The Fifties is a sweeping social, political, economic, and cultural history of the 10 years that Halberstam regards as seminal in determining what our nation is today. Halberstam offers portraits of not only the titans of the age: Eisenhower, Dulles, Oppenheimer, MacArthur, Hoover, and Nixon; but also of Harley Earl, who put fins on cars; Dick and Mac McDonald and Ray Kroc, who mass-produced the American hamburger; Kemmons Wilson, who placed his Holiday Inns along the nation's roadsides; U-2 pilot Gary Francis Powers; Grace Metalious, who wrote Peyton Place; and "Goody" Pincus, who led the team that invented "the pill".

A New York Times best seller

©2012 David Halberstam (P)2018 Random House Audio

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one of the very best

I have listened to hundreds of audible books, and this is without question one of the best.
Halberstam's writing, coupled with Dean's reading is sublime perfection-if you will excuse my redundancy.

At 34 hours it may seem daunting to begin, but I was longing for more at its end.

A hearty Bravo to both for this gem.

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Best book of the year

Scholarly and down to earth this book is full of wonderful memories and insight into the post World War Two decade. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this astounding book.

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one of the very best

I have listened to hundreds of audible books, and this is without question one of the best.
Halberstam's writing, coupled with Dean's reading is sublime perfection-if you will excuse my redundancy.

At 34 hours it may seem daunting to begin, but I was longing for more at its end.

A hearty Bravo to both for this gem.

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  • Shauna Little
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Best book of the year

Scholarly and down to earth this book is full of wonderful memories and insight into the post World War Two decade. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this astounding book.

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one of the very best

I have listened to hundreds of audible books, and this is without question one of the best.
Halberstam's writing, coupled with Dean's reading is sublime perfection-if you will excuse my redundancy.

At 34 hours it may seem daunting to begin, but I was longing for more at its end.

A hearty Bravo to both for this gem.

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Best book of the year

Scholarly and down to earth this book is full of wonderful memories and insight into the post World War Two decade. I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of this astounding book.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful